10.02.2021 » Every goal Ronaldo scored on finals for Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo has spent his whole career banging in goals and winning titles. There is no debating that he's one of Manchester United's greatest players ever and probably one of the greatest of all time in the history of this sport. When you think who is the greatest NBA center of all time you think of Karem Abdul-Jabbar or Shaquille O'Neal, maybe? However, when you think of the greatest forward and goalscorer of all time there will be only one name crossing your mind: Cristiano Ronaldo. Still, can you guess in how many finals he did score for Manchester United? Below we'll look at every cup final goal he scored for the Red Devils...
Cristiano Ronaldo - All Premier League goals for Manchester United:
How many trophies did Ronaldo win with United?
Ronaldo had barely played for Sporting CP when he opted to trade his sunny Portugal for the northern England, but by the time he left the Red Devils, he'd grown from a teenager with potential to become the best player in the world. Manchester United's trophy cabinet wasn't the same when Ronaldo arrived and when he left the clubs years later, but more than that, the fans' memories were sort of reconfigured by Ronaldo's magic.
The first trophy arrived in his debut season; it also happened to be the only FA Cup he has ever won. Several more followed with two League Cups, a FIFA Club World Cup, a Champions League and a trio of back-to-back Premier League titles. It was a successful period under Sir Alex Ferguson's orders...
In what cup finals did Ronaldo score at least one goal?
::: 2004 - FA Cup final
When Ronaldo and his teammates arrived at the Millennium Stadium in May 2004, it was the club's first appearance in this competition's final since winning the trophy as part of their famous 1999 treble. Their opponents on the day were a second tier side called Millwall, whose best known player was Tim Cahill.
As you'd expect, the London side set out to make life difficult for their opponents; they did exactly that for most of the first period.
Ronaldo had shown flashes of his brilliance with strong running and fancy flicks, but it was his head that got United up and running. The half time whistle was just 60 seconds away when the opener came. Gary Neville crossed, Ronaldo stole the march on his marker to power a header downwards and into the net beyond Andy Marshall. United ran out 3-0 winners: the other goals coming courtesy of a Ruud van Nistelrooy brace...
::: 2006 - League Cup final
It's fair to say the 2005/06 season was far from the best in United's history. They at least had a kind run in the League Cup though. Their semi-final against Blackburn Rovers was undoubtedly the toughest on route to the showpiece match.
Of course, back then, Blackburn were a better side than they are now; they finished the Premier League season in sixth with former Red Devil's Mark Hughes at the helm. The final game saw them meet Wigan; another side who have plummeted the pyramid since then.
The final score of 4-0 looks comprehensive. It was far from it for the best part of an hour. United only led at the interval courtesy of a defensive hash up, which allowed Wayne Rooney to score. It was three goals in six minutes around the hour mark that killed the contest. Ronaldo scored in between Louis Saha and a second Rooney strike.
The goal itself was a great finish; Saha fed Ronaldo inside the right-hand side of the area and he hit a finish low and hard across John Filan into the bottom corner.
::: 2008 - UEFA Champions League final
When Man United and Chelsea locked horns in Moscow in 2008, it was the first time two English clubs had battled it out for Europe's most elite prize; it was also only the third time two teams from the same country went head to head.
So, with history to be made, who would score the first goal of an all-English Champions League final? Ronaldo, obviously. He'd leave the Luzhniki Stadium with a winners' medal too.
We'll ignore the fact Ronaldo missed a penalty in the shootout and instead focus on the goal that gave United the lead. Wes Brown cut back onto his left foot and delivered a cross to the far post; Ronaldo towered over Michael Essien, who was playing on the right side of Chelsea's back-four and nodded powerfully down past Pete Cech. No chance for the Czech goalkeeper. Frank Lampard equalised later on, but in the penalty shootout United scored six of their seven attempts. John Terry and Nicolas Anelka missed their shots for the Blues. And just like that, United were the kings of Europe.
There you have it, every final in which Ronaldo scored a goal as a Manchester United player. Surprise, surprise; United won all of them!
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